The Sisterhood Scoop – June 1, 2019

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume 2 Number 21 – June 1, 2019 – 27 Iyar 5779

Mark Your Calendars

Save the Date • Save the Date • Save the Date

  • Sisterhood Board Mtg. – Tues. June 11, 6pm

  • Balance for Balabustas – Wed.June 12, 2pm

  • St. Louis Jewish Legacy Bus Tour Sunday, June 23, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
    SEATS ARE LIMITED – Email sisterhood@nhbz.org to reserve your space

  • Book Club – Next selection is: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, by Michael David Lukas – at the home of Amy Feit – Monday, June 24, 7:15-8:45PM

  • 4th Annual Dine ‘N’ Style Fashion Show and Luncheon & Shopping! – Date TBA

Counting the Omer – Week 7 -MALCHUT―SOVEREIGNTY, LEADERSHIP

During the seventh and final week of counting the Omer, we examine and refine the attribute of Malchut ― nobility, sovereignty and leadership. Sovereignty is a state of being rather than an activity. Nobility is a passive expression of human dignity that has nothing of its own except that which it receives from the other six emotions. True leadership is the art of selflessness; it is only a reflection of a Higher will. On the other hand, Malchut manifests and actualizes the character and majesty of the human spirit. It is the very fiber of what makes us human.

Malchut is a sense of belonging. Knowing that you matter and that you make a difference. That you have the ability to be a proficient leader in your own right. It gives you independence and confidence. A feeling of certainty and authority. When a mother lovingly cradles her child in her arms and the child’s eyes meet the mother’s caring eyes, the child receives the message: “I am wanted and needed in this world. I have a comfortable place where I will always be loved. I have nothing to fear. I feel like royalty in my heart.” This is Malchut, kingship.

– Excerpted from “A Spiritual Guide to Counting the Omer,” by Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Self Help

Abe goes into his local Barnes & Nobel Bookstore and asks the saleswoman, “Excuse me, but where is the self-help section?”

She replies, “If I told you, sir, it would defeat the purpose.”

Parshas Bechukotai

Join the Team – More & Higher Together – adapted from Rabbi Eli Scheller (aish.com)

“Five of you will pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.” – Leviticus 26:8

The Parshah begins with the blessings that await the Jewish people if they keep their covenant with G-d: five Jews will pursue a hundred enemies, and a hundred Jews will pursue 10,000. Rashi asks: if five Jews can pursue a hundred enemies, a ratio of 1:20, then shouldn’t one hundred Jews pursue 2,000, not 10,000?

It is said that if one person can lift 50 pounds, two people together can lift three times that amount: 150 pounds. As the verse states, “Two are better than one.” Two people together can accomplish a lot more than just two individuals. When more people are united in serving G-d their actions are more effective. Each individual in the group reaches a far higher level than he would have had he acted alone, no matter how hard he has worked. The Chofetz Chaim points out that we see this in bircas hamazon. When three people recite Grace after Meals together, they say “let us bless,” but when ten people recite it, they say, “let us bless our G-d” – they reach a higher level.

When a community is actively involved in the pursuit of Torah and Mitzvos one should not separate himself from them since he is thereby preventing them from reaching higher levels and accomplishing greater things. The word “TEAM” stands for: Together, Everyone Accomplishes More!

Nominating Committee Now Forming

Any Sisterhood Member interested in participating on the Nominating Committee to help determine next year’s Sisterhood Officers and Board Members should contact Teree Farbstein at 314-753-5035 or tfarbstein2@gmail.com. Have a “voice” in your Sisterhood! Not yet a member of Sisterhood? Contact the Office to Join!

Coming Soon to a Shul Near You:

Hear the Ten Commandments on Shavuot! The holiday of Shavuot, this year on Sunday, June 9, is the day on which we will hear the Ten Commandments and reaffirm the covenant with G-d and His Torah and celebrate the great revelation of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, more than 3,300 years ago. You stood at the foot of the mountain, as did your grandparents and great-grandparents before them. The souls of all Jews, from all times, came together to hear the Ten Commandments from G‑d Himself.

Hear the Ten Commandments on Shavuot!

For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: sisterhood@nhbz.org